Wood and biocomposite science and their engineering properties
Dr. Winandy specializes in forensic wood science, wood durability, engineering performance and bio-resource sustainability. He served as as Principal Wood Scientist in Engineering Properties from 1993-2001, then as Project Leader from 2001 to 2008, of the Engineered Composites Science at USDA Forest Products Laboratory. His research improved the processing and serviceability of wood-based and wood-plastic composite products and developed a better understanding of the relationships between changes in the chemical composition of wood and its strength loss caused by biological, chemical or thermal agents.
Guest lectures in BBE 4407/5407 and BBE 4412/5412 courses related to composite science, durability, and engineering
BBE 4355 Design of Timber Structures (formerly)
Modeling wood strength loss using both ultrasonic and visual/physical probing of biological decay. Also recent state-of-the-art reviews on the chemistry, mode-of-action and effects of fire-retardant treatments and of pre-preservative treatment incising and how to best model their respective mechanisms causing loss in the engineering properties of wood.